String Tension - what you need to know

This is a concept that is often misunderstood.

Most rackets are supplied with a manufacturer`s recommended string tension range of + or - 5lbs from a given mid tension point. This information can usually be located at the throat or inner frame of your racket.

So what string tension should I choose?

  • Beginner / Intermediate - you should select either the mid tension point or 2 or 3lbs lower.
  • Intermediate / Advanced players - the rule of thumb is the higher your racket string tension, the more control you will have. A lower string tension provides additional power but reduces the control.
  • It is important to keep in mind that it really is a matter of personal preference via trial and error. Many players want more control, but they do not like the unforgiving feel that tighter strings produce. When in doubt choose the mid tension point and then adjust accordingly for future restrings based on the overall playability of the racket and your type of game.
  • If in any doubt just give us a call - we are here to help!

When should I restring my racket?

Learn to pay attention to your strings. They are your most important piece of equipment. Remember, the strings are the only part of the racket to contact the ball / shuttlecock. At least that`s the idea!

If your racket is;

  • starting to feel dead
  • if you have to swing harder to get the ball/shuttlecock deeper
  • if you are making good contact, but getting fewer solid hits
  • if your strings sound different when contact is made
  • if it feels as though the sweetspot has disappeared
......then it is probably time to restring.

Strings don't have to break to be worn out (dead). How often you restring depends on numerous factors;

  • your string type
  • style of play
  • frequency of play

A good rule of thumb is to restring as many times each year as you average playing each week. As a minimum, you should restring  at least every 6-8 months, as your stringbed will deteriotate regardless of the frequency of play.

I trust this article is helpful.

Craig Pounder
Master Racket Technician